It seized me—never mind the circumstance: sudden
scent in the breeze like cinnamon, sun silvering
a roof as the unicycle parade began—it seized me
as sickness does, wholly, with no mercy,
all of my body obeisant to its law as though none of it
were mine, finally: not the joy or the body.
—Chris Forhan (Marion County)
This poem is from Ransack and Dance (Silver Birch Press, 2013).
Chris Forhan is the author of a memoir, My Father Before Me, to be released by Scribner in June. He has also published three books of poetry and won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his wife, the poet Alessandra Lynch, and their two sons, Milo and Oliver, in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University.
Poetry Prompt: An Emotion Recalled
Write a poem that describes how you felt when some emotion such as jealousy, happiness, anger, or grief took hold of you. Use strong verbs and imagery that appeals to the senses. Include at least two startling similes or metaphors. Eschew clichés!
Indiana Humanities is celebrating National Poetry Month by sharing a poem and prompt every day in April. Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner selected these poems and wrote the prompts.